It’s been almost a year since I’ve last blogged, but not because of inactivity — quite the contrary. As a quick recap, I directed the second season of In Full Color, which was a phenomenal hit, and concentrated on acting for most of this year. I scored a few film gigs and also acted in plays for the Midtown International Theater Festival and my first Fringe NYC! Now, I’m concentrating on event and theatrical production.
Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the many amazing projects I’m working on this winter!
Events at LITM: Love Is The Message
I am thrilled to announce that I am the new event coordinator at LITM, a restaurant, bar and art gallery located at 140 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ. My first big project for them will be The Haunted Garden: Halloween Weekend at LITM, featuring a Mad Wonderland Tea Party, Iconic Masquerade Lip Sync, Rocky Horror Trivia and Screening and Halloween Karaoke and Costume Party. Events run from Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Oct. 31. You can find more details here.
I will also be organizing LITM’s 13th anniversary party on Saturday, Nov. 19, a David Bowie Birthday Bash on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, and more fun events!
Two Christmas Shows!
I am directing two one-person shows this holiday season to raise money for two very worth organizations.
First up is Twelve Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben starring Rachel Handler! After seeing her fiance kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s life falls apart — just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical.
“Twelve Dates of Christmas” is a one-night-only event on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. at Art House Productions, 136 Magnolia Ave., Jersey City, N.J. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a holiday artisan market featuring Taproot Organics, Generation Punk Jewelry and Evening Star Studios, complimentary warm drinks and live music by Blitzen, Dancer and Vixen from The Eight Reindeer Monologues (see below!). Show benefits AHP’s Access Committee, which helps people living with disabilities. More info and tix here.
Next is “The Eight Reindeer Monologues” by Jeff Goode starring Anthony Wills Jr.! Helpless female or lying Vixen? You’ve heard the allegations she’s made, the rumors about jolly old St. Nick and poor little deformed Rudolph who’s now in an institution. Well now hear the real story from the reindeer themselves…. This hilarious comedy dark where the reindeer speak out about Vixen’s allegations that Santa made more than inappropriate advances at her will be presented as an immersive holiday party this December!
“The Eight Reindeer Monologues” will be on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 p.m. at Transmission, 150 Bay St., Jersey City, N.J. There will be live musical performances and holiday refreshments served. Also look out for appearances by the reindeer at various events around Hudson County this fall! Proceeds will benefit the Hudson County Rape Crisis Center. More info here.
More Big Things This December
I will also be producing two more major events in Jersey City this winter. First up is TEDxJerseyCity’s annual main conference, which I am production managing, on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, N.J. The theme this year? — Go!
See 12 speakers share their visions; watch live performances by some of the region’s top musical, dance and theatrical artists; check out products on the forefront of developing technologies and enjoy fun interactive events! For more information, visit the TEDxJerseyCity website.
I will also be working on an International Children’s Festival for Surati for Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Atrium at Harborside Financial Center, Harborside 3, Jersey City. The event will be a celebration of cultures from around the world and will feature a children’s open mic, a multi-ethnic fashion show, family-friendly entertainment, vendors and more! More information TBA.
In Full Color Lights Up Stages Around New Jersey
I am very proud to see Thinking In Full Color (TIFC), the educational outreach branch of our program, take off this year. This year we’ve had a book event at WORD Jersey City, where our anthology is currently on sale (also online here), led a class at Rutgers University-Newark and performed at the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour Kickoff and the Asian-American Writers Workshop pop-up as part of the Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival in Newark. Lastly, one of my new monologues for the series premiered as part of MOJOAA Performing Arts’ RECLAMATION event in Raleigh, N.C., in August.
Next up are two TIFC performances at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J.! On Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., see myself, Summer Dawn Hortillosa, as well as alumnae Samille Ganges and Alicia Rivas perform monologues and lead a post-show discussion about race, culture and identity. Click on dates to register. Admission is FREE but you must register online to enter!
Lastly, we are gearing up to produce the third annual season of In Full Color. Submissions will open Dec. 1 and close Dec. 31. The show is slated for Feb. 23 through 26. Get your monologue ideas cooking!
If you would like to book writer-actresses from In Full Color for your educational, artistic or community event, please contact me directly at summerhortillosa at gmail punto com.